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Social Networks The Best Social Networking Sites  

Steve Shafer
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List Rules Your favorite website that lets users share information and message each other.

These are the absolute best social networks on the Web, including niche social communities as well as those divided by language, nationality or specialty interest. Note that this list does not include dating sites that aren't about building online social communities. If you’ve used any of these social media networks before and liked them, then vote them up. Also add any social networks you’re using that aren’t already on the list.

So what defines a website or service as a social network? It is typically an online service, platform, or website which is focused largely around uniting individuals and allowing them to communicate and interact. Facebook currently is the world's largest and most popular social networking platform, having supplanted previous champions such as MySpace and Friendster.

Initially, like Facebook, many of these services were designed around offline interpersonal relationships—allowing you to hang out with friends online when you couldn't be present in person. However, social networking has exploded as a pastime and form of entertainment in recent years. In fact, 23% of Americans' total time spent online is now spent on social networks of some kind. This drastic increase in traffic and interest in has led to the development of a vast variety of online social networks.

Some of these social networking sites attempt to distinguish themselves by focusing on one narrow topic or set of interests. (For example, Buzznet, a social network for those who obsess about music and pop culture news, or CauseCast, a portal and social network for activists and those interest in non-profit organizations.) Others concern themselves only with a certain group of people, or nationality (such as BlackPlanet, a social network for African Americans, or Grono.net, an online community for Polish users.) Others have attempted to bring some new technology or organizational strategy to social networking to attempt to break out and find a larger audience. The mobile app Path, for example, limits the number of "friends" or followers that can be attached to an individual profile to 150, rather than the thousands allowed on sites like Facebook. This leads to a greater level of intimacy among the Path communities, and eliminates the fear shared by many Facebook or Google+ users that their personal updates will become matters of public record.

This list gathers together major players in the social networking Web, including the top 100 social media sites in the world. It is an open list, so if you have a favorite social network that isn't featured, enter it below to make sure it's included.
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284 227
Facebook is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

2
248 183
Twitter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

3
150 92
Instagram is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

4
175 159
Tumblr is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

5
102 95
Reddit is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

6
99 102
Pinterest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

7
140 146
Flickr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

8
80 70
Snapchat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
UnbreakableNacho added Snapchat

9
129 136
Yelp, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

10
106 149
Myspace is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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35 39
soundcloud.com is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
soundcloud.com

12
103 99
deviantART is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Users: 9040962

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66 103
Ask.fm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
HannahAIsGuilty added Ask.fm

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65 102
LiveJournal.com is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

15
613 850
PaigeeWorld.com is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Preston Rohrick added PaigeeWorld.com PaigeeWorld.com

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63 116
GayFriendsChat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
gayfriendschat added GayFriendsChat

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35 69
Blogger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

18
57 92
delicious is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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18 36
Gab is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
YEEZYYEEZYWHATSGOOD added Gab

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17 47
LinkedIn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

21
53 90
Foursquare is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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19 43
Qmpeople is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
susym added Qmpeople

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22 46
Last.fm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

24
65 81
GoodReads is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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26 41
Vkontakte is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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25 55
Crunchyroll is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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8 7
Sociihub is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
LM Tiwakar added Sociihub https://www.sociihub.com/ -

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9 27
Chattymob.com is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Justin Dobson added Chattymob.com Chattymob.com

29
36 69
StumbleUpon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Users: 10600000

30
43 50
MyAnimeList is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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51 76
Bebo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Users: 117000000

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4 3
Friend Xone is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
intranicnetwork added Friend Xone Http://www.friendxone.com

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12 33
Yelp is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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18 45
Heartynote is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Heartynote www.heartynote.com

35
62 79
JammerDirect.com is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
JammerDirect.com

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41 57
TravBuddy.com is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
TravBuddy.com

37
49 72
Classmates.com is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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3 4
Skype is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
starwarssuperfan added Skype

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22 38
Ning is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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2 3
Ryderz.club is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Rich21 added Ryderz.club

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36 53
Lunarstorm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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1 2
Visit Sundarbon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Visitsundarbon added Visit Sundarbon

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1 2
connectgalaxy.com is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
conn galy added connectgalaxy.com connectgalaxy.com

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1 2
Mastodon Social is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
IgorMarinovsky added Mastodon Social https://mastodon.social

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0 1
https://www.menconnect.at is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
MenConnect added https://www.menconnect.at https://www.menconnect.at -

The Gay Community to chat, flirt and meet friends!

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12 22
Quora is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Quora

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42 60
Friendster is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

48
29 49
Trombi.com is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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2 7
Quotev is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Quotev

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0 2
ovbe.club is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Rich21 added ovbe.club